I’ve been working recently on a new racing setup, and have discovered a way to use a cheap android phone for VR.
I’ve been into simulator racing for a while now, and I’ve always been trying to find ways for it to be better. I made a wooden simulator rig, but it was big and heavy, so I re-purposed it into a stand for my wheel and pedals.
I discovered this VR app from the forums of the simulator I use, Live For Speed. It uses a USB bridge connection from the PC to the phone, a client app on the phone, and a server app on the PC. It simulates “FakeVR” which will turn any game into a VR game. It uses the sensors on the phone for head tracking, and offers a variety of different ways to simulate head tracking on the server, including just moving the mouse.
Once I had the software working, I bought a cheap android VR headset for about $16 and I was ready to go. Performance wise, it wasn’t the best. I had to mess with the settings a lot to prevent “drifting” (when the phone gyro isn’t just right it will drift to the side). The framerate isn’t terrible, but it could be better with a better PC. All said and done it was worth it, and provided a very unique VR Racing experience.
To download the app (called TrinusVR) visit this site: //www.trinusvirtualreality.com/
To buy the headset I used, follow this link: //www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JYOPUA2/